- Native to India, Grader grass rapidly colonises roadsides following disturbance from grading, hence the common name. Prominent along roadsides, in pastures and disturbed areas.
- A tall, erect, tufted annual grass, 1-2 m high, growing in dense patches.
- Mature plants golden to orange-tan.
- Robust, hairless, caney stems.
- Leaves narrow, up to 30 cm long and well spaced along the stem, brown when mature.
- Seedheads long and branched, interspersed with short leaves, drooping when mature.